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Latinas in Tech Sets 'Fireside Chat' with Newsom Appointments Secretary

Although Latinas in Tech concentrates on its core membership, said Sacramento Valley chapter chair Cruz Nieto, “We also market to employers looking to diversify their workforce, so we have both men and women attending to support our efforts.”

The Consul General of Mexico, Liliana Ferrer, will deliver opening remarks Thursday at the next meeting of the Sacramento Valley chapter of Latinas in Tech, setting the stage for featured speaker Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, appointments secretary for Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The event is billed as a “Fireside Chat.”

“Secretary Rivera-Hernandez will share her perspective on the importance of incorporating diversity in the workforce, the impact of mentors for Latinas in technology, how tech is an enabler to bring government closer to residents, along with her background and advice on how to grow professionally in this space,” says an announcement by the group.

Before her current role, Rivera-Hernandez served three administrations as a board member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, beginning with her appointment by Gov. Gray Davis in November 2002. Before that, she served as the chief deputy cabinet secretary for Davis, acting as his liaison to various state agencies, departments and boards. As a member of the cabinet office, Rivera-Hernandez was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of policy and legislative initiatives within the agencies. She also served as special legal counsel, working closely with the Legal Affairs Secretary on significant legal matters arising within the agencies and departments.

Cruz Nieto, chief technology officer for the California Secretary of State’s office, is chair of the Sacramento chapter of Latinas in Tech, which includes engineers, cybersecurity experts, data scientists, business development leaders, communications and marketing professionals, recruiters, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Nieto noted that although Latinas in Tech concentrates on that group, “We also market to employers looking to diversify their workforce, so we have both men and women attending to support our efforts.”

“We are focused on empowering and connecting Latinas through three key pillars,” she noted, citing professional development, recruiting and mentorship.

The Fireside Chat is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico, 2093 Arena Blvd., Sacramento. More information and a registration link are available online. Nieto may be reached at

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.